Gun and ammo charge in court

Recovery of firearm made after early hours car crash

Robert Aaron Crawford, who turned 19 this month, appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm. 

The charge describes the firearm as a “Stock German Luger” with one magazine attached, containing six, 9mm live rounds. Possession was alleged to be in the vicinity of the Heritage Roundabout on Esterley Tibbetts Highway.  

No details of the matter were given to Magistrate Nova Hall at this first mention and she remanded Crawford in custody. Defence attorney Margeta Facey-Clarke asked for the matter to be brought back on Tuesday, 29 November. 

Police earlier advised the media a man would be appearing in court for an unlicensed firearm after an incident occurred in the early hours of Friday, 18 November. 

The initial report was that about 3.25am Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers from the Uniform Support Group were on routine patrol in the area close to the Grand Pavilion on West Bay Road when their attention was drawn to a vehicle making off from the location. The car turned onto the Esterley Tibbetts Highway toward West Bay and then, at a point close to the rear of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, collided with a road barrier. As the police vehicle approached, two males ran from the scene. 

Officers pursued one of the men into the bush area. He was detained and a handgun with ammunition was recovered nearby. No shots were discharged and no one was injured. 

A second person was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident. He was in police custody while police continued their investigations. 

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